The US Bishops’ Conference has developed an online Advent calendar for adults. The site includes daily prayers, readings and reflections. It also sometimes includes audio and video clips. It’s a simple way to take a few moments each day to prepare for the coming Christmas season.
Every November, the US Bishops gather for a business meeting. At this meeting, they collaborate and work together to make decisions and recommendations related to activities of the Catholic Church across the country.
This year’s meeting starts today, Monday, November 12 and will continue through Thursday, November 15. The gathering, which is held in Baltimore, MD, is not open to the public, but the media covering the event will be issuing press releases and writing stories about each major decision.
Topics up for a vote include a brochure on stewardship for teenagers, two catechetical items, a statement on faith and politics, and the revision of guidelines for music at Mass. In addition, the bishops will vote for new officers of the Bishops’ Conference, as well as new committe chairs.
The bishops will also receive the preliminary results of a research project seeking to identify the causes and context of the clergy sexual abuse crisis.
For more detailed information about the above agenda items, see the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Media page. For daily news stories reporting on the results of the Bishops’ meeting, visit ActiveParishioner.com’s website and click on US Catholic News (under Latest News.)